Here you can see the entire process, step by step!

More and more new PCs equipped with SSD instead of HDD, or both. And it’s no wonder when you consider all the benefits:

SSDs fuss not, they do not heat, will not break if they fall to the ground, weighs less, and best of all: They are several times faster than the traditional hard drive.

The nice thing is that a shift to SSD also can give new life to old computers.

Such upgrades can actually make your PC both significantly faster and not least quieter.

In this guide we’ll show you an effective way to do it without having to reinstall the operating system and your programs.

The whole process can thus be done in far less time. Note however that any problems and instabilities associated with old Windows installations will also be transferred.

Have such problems, it may be a good idea to install Windows from scratch, possibly restore using recovery discs you naturally remembered to make when you took the PC for the first time.

What you need:

Before you get started you will need some equipment:
  • A laptop with Windows XP or later. If your PC is more than 6-7 years old, you should also make sure that it has a hard drive with SATA interface.
  • An SSD with appropriate capacity. These costs are still quite a lot more per GB than HDDs. You do not need to buy an SSD with equal capacity hard disk if you follow this guide, but we recommend you anyway to buy a 240GB or more. These can be for well under a thousand tag.
  • A hard drive enclosure. We will connect the SSD to an available USB port on your PC, and therefore need first to put it in an external enclosure. After the transfer is completed, we will put the old hard drive into the same enclosure so that it gets a new life as an external hard drive. Such enclosure can you get for a few tens, see for example this product.
  • Software Paragon Migrate OS to SSD. There are many programs that help you with such transfer. What makes this program to our favorite is that you can tick off what data to be transferred. This is very useful if you have less capacity SSD than on the hard disk. For example, tick that you do not want to transfer music and video files. These will anyway get access to once you’ve done the old hard drive into an external USB disk. The program costs $ 20.

How to do it

When you have obtained SSD enclosure and downloaded the software, it is time to initiate.

  1. Install Paragon Migrate OS to SSD. This program takes care of all steps in the actual transfer, and must be installed on your PC first.Paragon Migrate OS to SSD
  2. Put SSD into the cabinet. Our cabinet is opened without the need for tools, SSD pushed easily into place and the lid is put on again.
  3. Connect the cabinet to a free USB port. Windows will automatically recognize it as an external disk as soon as it is connected. You do not need to install anything of drivers manually, everything happens automatically.
  4. Start the software. Paragon Migrate OS to SSD is based wizard. It makes the process very simple. Just follow the instructions on the screen and be aware that everything that possibly lie on your new SSD will be deleted in the process.Paragon Migrate OS to SSD_1
  5. Select any away programs, files and folders that should not be transferred. If there is insufficient space on the SSD to all the data, you will be notified about it. Then you get the opportunity to opt out of everything you do not want to transfer, such as music, videos and photos – which generally takes a lot of space. Beware however that you do not omit system files, which can cause the PC to become unstable.2
  6. Finish process. The transfer will take some time, depending on how much data there is talk about USB speed mm. When the process is finished you will get this message:3
  7. Replace the hard disk with SSD. The hard drive is usually hidden behind a cover on the underside of the PC. Attach the loose, open hard drive enclosure, remove the SSD and install it into your PC where the hard drive set. (If you are unsure of the procedure, we immediately with article describing this process in detail.
  8. Install the hard drive into the hard drive enclosure. You have now created your own external hard disk! This contains all pictures, videos and music files that you may not transferred to the SSD. Need access these, simply connect it to an available USB port. Here we show you how we did it.
  9. Start up your PC. If everything has gone as planned, it will just be starting up the PC, and you have made an important and noticeable upgrade – all on their own!